“Ekki Enn” or “EhgjI En:” (1981) by Purrkur Pillnikk
The punkrock band Purrkur Pillnikk released this Classic Icelandic Album on 29. October 1981 on the infamous Gramm Label (Gramm 3). P.P. existed for about 18 months (1981-1982), but they were very active and released 2 LPs, 2 EPs and 1 live album. The band was formed to play a gig in the basement of their school, a gymnasium/college called Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð, on 8. March 1981. Purrkur refers to the latin word for pig Porcus; Pillnikk is a reference to the chess grandmaster Herman Pilnik from Argentina (with German roots). First idea was to call the band Purrkur Pillnikk og Friðlarnir. But Friðlarnir was too similar with Fræbbblarnir, another legendary punk band. Band members were vocalist Einar Örn Benediktsson (EÖB), Ásgeir R. Bragason on drums (previous he played bass), Bragi Ólafsson on bass and Friðrik Erlingsson on guitar.
Singer Einar Örn was the manager of the punk band Utangarðsmenn (“The Outsiders”) at that time. Back in 1977 when he was in England, he came in contact with the rise of punk music, e.g. The Clash & The Stranglers.
Because Einar Örn was managing Utangarðsmenn, P.P. was able to play some gigs at Hotel Borg as supporting act of Utangarðsmenn. In the winter of 1981-82 they performed twice a week. The band played 63 gigs in the period 1981-82. In 1981 they supported The Fall on their Icelandic tour. In 1982 they toured in Great Britain with The Fall.
During the summer of 1981 EÖB toured with Utangarðsmenn in Scandinavia. When Einar came back, Purrkur Pillnikk could go to Sheffield in August 1981. They practised a lot and went to record the LP.
The album was recorded in 50 hours at Southern Studios (of Crass Records fame) at London with the help of Simaen Skolfield.
LP “EhgjI En:” contains 17 songs.
Einar’s robust haranguing, a kind of Arctic Circle version of Mark E. Smith, is underscored with pithy, scrappy guitar riffs that rarely outstay their Pink Flag-style welcome, although the songs do blur together after awhile according to Trouser Press .
All the info on the cover and the Icelandic text sheet is in phonetic transcription. “Ekki enn” means Not yet, it is also a song on the album.
About 1,500-1,700 copies were sold in Iceland. For the Cover Art, a photograph by Arie Lieberman was (ab)used.
Side 1 (Purrkur Side)
2. Nú (“Now”)
3. Ekki enn (“Not yet”)
4. Grimmd (“Cruelty”, “Barbarity”)
5. Gluggagægir (“Window Peeper”)
“Gluggagægir” & “Augun úti” Live footage from the documentary Rokk í Reykjavík by director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Side 2 (Pillnikk Side)
1. Nafn (“Name”)
2. Hvað get ég gert? (“What can I do?”)
3. Útilokaður (“Outlocked”)
4. Undantekning (“Exception”)
5. Vondur strakur (“Bad boy”)
6. Án nafns (“Anonymous”)
8. Enn ungur en (“Still young but”)
9. Draumur (“Dream”)
The LP was re-released on CD by Smekkleysa Record Label in 1993.